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Written By: Robert E. Sheriff, MS, CIH, CSP, President
March 28, 2020
Industrial Hygiene Surveys for Industry
We have over 40 years of experience in performing Industrial Hygiene Surveys for the industry. Also known as Occupational Health Surveys, the objective of such surveys is to identify and evaluate any potential health risks to workers in industrial locations, warehouses, construction sites, or government institutions.
Identification and Potential Risk Factors
The first step is to identify the potential health risks that may be involved. This can usually be determined in a walk-through inspection of each activity that is of concern such as welding, plating, brazing, chemical processing, metal casting, machinery, molding parts manufacturing, extrusion, assembly, warehousing, grinding, sawing, painting, repair, refining, recycling, equipment operation, electronics, and many more.
Occupational Health Risk
Remember that an occupational health risk can also be noise, radiation, ergonomics, and heat/cold stress not just chemical exposures, and even biological exposures such as ticks, dust mites, legionella bacteria, and mold.
Evaluation of the work environment can generally be quantified through worker exposure testing which involves the actual sampling of the individual using portable instruments and sampling devices. Exposure can address maximum allowable exposures (often referred to as a ceiling limit), Short Term Exposure Limits (STEL’s), and full-shift exposure (8-hour time-weighted average).
OSHA and Certified Industrial Hygienists
Where exposure measurements identify health risks or violations of a regulatory standard, (such as OSHA regulations), the Industrial Hygienist must be able to assist in developing corrective measures to reduce or eliminate workers’ exposures. There is a hierarchy of approaches to reading or eliminating excessive exposure—in order of importance—and effectiveness.
- Elimination of the agent.
- Substitution of a less hazardous substance.
- Isolate the exposure situation from the worker.
- Isolate the worker from the exposure.
- Local Exhaust Ventilation.
- General Ventilation.
- Personal Protection
It is important to note that the least effective method of worker exposure control is personal protection such as respirators. With respirators, there are too many variables that make respiratory protection at the bottom of the list.
Written Health and Safety Program
A written Health and Safety Program is also essential to prevent exposures and regularly evaluate the effectiveness of controls.
Qualified Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) must be an integral part of the Program efforts and evaluation of the physical workplace.
National organizations such as the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) are a valuable resource of qualified personnel, training, education, laboratory accreditation, and regulatory assistance.
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